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Switzerland’s Largest Online Retailer Starts Accepting 10 Cryptocurrencies

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The largest Swiss online retailer, Digitec Galaxus, has started accepting crypto payments at its two stores. Customers can choose from 10 cryptocurrencies to pay with including BTC, BCH, BNB, ETH, TRX, OMG, and XRP. One of the stores specializes in consumer electronics while the other focuses on everyday needs.

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Digitec Galaxus Accepts Crypto Payments

Digitec Galaxus AG announced Tuesday that customers can now pay for their purchases with cryptocurrencies at its two online shops: digitec and Galaxus. Ten cryptocurrencies are supported — BTC, BCH, BSV, BNB, ETH, LTC, NEO, OMG, TRX, and XRP.

Switzerland's Largest Online Retailer Starts Accepting 10 Cryptocurrencies
Checkout page on galaxus.ch.

Claudio Schaad, leader of Team Spectre, one of the teams that make up the engineering department at Digitec Galaxus AG, discussed the new payment option in a blog post on his company’s website. “We’ve been looking into cryptocurrencies for a while now,” he revealed. The post explains that “instead of creating an own wallet or even cryptocurrency, digicon or the such, Spectre chose [to] work with a company called Coinify,” adding:

In simpler terms: while shopping, if your purchase price exceeds 200 francs, you have the option to pay with cryptocurrencies. What arrives on digitec’s end are Swiss francs.

Digitec specializes in IT, consumer electronics and telecommunications goods while Galaxus claims to be the largest online department store in Switzerland with a growing range of products for everyday needs. The two stores form Digitec Galaxus AG, its website describes.

Switzerland’s Largest Online Retailer Now Accepts 10 Cryptocurrencies

According to Oliver Herren, co-founder and CIO of Digitec Galaxus, the company currently has around 2.7 million items for sale, from shoehorns to wheat beer to gaming PCs. He was quoted as saying:

Cryptocurrencies are fascinating and could become a relevant means of payment in e-commerce — we want to support this development.

Paying With Cryptocurrencies

A blog post on Galaxus’ website details that “The new payment option was created as part of a pilot project together with the Swiss e-payment specialist Datatrans AG,” which works with Danish crypto payment provider Coinify.

Customers shopping on digitec or Galaxus can choose to pay with cryptocurrency at checkout. They will be redirected to a page on Coinify which displays the amount due in BTC with a QR code. Customers can choose among the 10 supported cryptocurrencies and complete the checkout process. Prices are locked in for 15 minutes.

Switzerland's Largest Online Retailer Starts Accepting 10 Cryptocurrencies

When choosing a cryptocurrency other than BTC, customers are asked to provide an address so that funds can be returned should an error occur. Furthermore, the company warns of a processing delay when paying with other coins.

Switzerland's Largest Online Retailer Starts Accepting 10 Cryptocurrencies

The blog post further notes that “Normally, the payment confirmation by Coinify takes place within a few minutes,” adding:

Digitec Galaxus does not charge any fees for cryptocurrency payments. Coinify charges a conversion fee of 1.5% of the purchase amount. Other, but small, transaction fees will be charged depending on the currency, as well as how fast the transaction is to be confirmed.

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Real Estate Giant Holding Live Luxury Home Auction for Bitcoin

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A major Australian real estate group is holding a luxury home auction that can be paid for with two cryptocurrencies. There will be a live auctioneer who will call out bids in BTC. The property owner says he wants to keep as many coins as possible.

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Live Auction for Cryptocurrencies

One of Australia’s largest real estate groups, LJ Hooker, is preparing a live luxury real estate auction for cryptocurrencies with a live auctioneer. The company is working with James Pratt Auctions and blockchain company Nuyen, which will facilitate online bidding for the five-bedroom house in New South Wales, Australia. Micky media outlet reported Monday:

The auctioneer will call bids in cryptocurrency, with the price to be converted and displayed in AUD and USD on a live screen. Payments can be made in both bitcoin (BTC) and binance coin (BNB).

The owner of the property and president of Nuyen, Greg Costello, told news.Bitcoin.com that, in addition to the two cryptocurrencies, AUD will also be accepted.

Real Estate Giant Holding Live Luxury Home Auction for Bitcoin

According to Nuyen, the auction has attracted interested buyers from the U.S., Canada, China, and Australia, the publication detailed. Costello was quoted as saying: “We have already had parties register for the auction in less than 5 days of it being released … There has been a lot of international interest and publicity and I expect to see this grow and grow as the auction gets closer.”

Furthermore, he told the news outlet that he believes there will be more live auctions for cryptocurrencies in the future because international bidders can easily participate, elaborating:

All signs point to a borderless system where digital assets are traded for real assets.

Established in 1928, LJ Hooker claims to be “Australia’s best-known and most trusted real estate brand.” With offices in Australia, New Zealand, China, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu, the group claims to manage the largest property portfolio in the region of approximately 160,000 properties worth $100 billion Australian dollars (~$71 billion).

Real Estate Giant Holding Live Luxury Home Auction for Bitcoin

The Auction

The auction will take place on April 8. There will be a live auctioneer on the property, which is located on the coast about 60 miles south of Brisbane. Nuyen Vice President Ryan Lee described the post-auction process:

Once the sale has been completed, Nuyen’s internal and secure exchange will then be responsible for facilitating the liquidation of the coins themselves and of course releasing them back to the market.

Costello, being a firm crypto believer, intends to keep as much of the BTC and BNB as he can, Micky conveyed. Nonetheless, he explained that “Some of the coins will have to be liquidated to release the mortgage but the rest will be held tight for future gains.”

What do you think of this live auction for BTC and BNB? Let us know in the comments section below.


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